In a move clearly designed to appeal to “family” voters by B.C.’s Liberal government, B.C. celebrated its first Family Day on February 11.
While people optimistically frame the day as one of celebrating created or non-biological families, the fact that Family Day is modelled after a similar day in Alberta shows its conservative roots. Just look at B.C.'s innocuous campaign with its adult cartoon bear with two cubs as an illustration of the holiday’s ideological premise.
So how can we recalibrate the holiday? rabble.ca has suggested that February 18 be designated Louis Riel Day, a national holiday.
Camas Books presents "Colonial War and Judicial Murder in the colony of
Vancouver Island, 1863," by ethno-historian Chris Arnett.
Opening Remarks: Joey Caro, Penelakut Elder, and Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group
Communications and Historical Research Manager
Friday, May 24th @ 7pm
David Lam Auditorium, University of Victoria
Coast Salish and Strait Salish Territories
Admission by Donation
Chris Arnett is the author of "Terror of the Coast: Land Alienation and
Colonial War on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, 1849-1863." On May
24th, he will be in Victoria to discuss the hanging of four Hul'qumi'num
prisoners in Bastion Square on July 4, 1863. This is the 150th anniversary